Construction work on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) Windsor Extension project was slated to resume on Monday, May 4, 2020. In compliance with local public health ordinances restricting this type of work, construction activity was temporarily suspended in early April. As construction work on this project resumes next week, the field crews and contractors will continue to comply with all public health directives.
This construction project will extend the SMART rail line from Airport Boulevard in north Santa Rosa to Windsor River Road, providing passenger rail service to the Town of Windsor and will include the construction of a new station platform.
Work started May 4 on the Windsor Extension project with the following activities:
• Resumption of the removal of the old railroad track and other track materials in preparation for rebuilding the new railroad track. This work is slated to be completed by the end of May.
• Clearing the right-of-way of vegetation in preparation for construction of the new railroad track and installation of new drainage infrastructure.
• Replacement of bridges will begin in mid-June and will be ongoing through mid-October. Bridgework may also include the removal of some trees to clear space for the bridge installations.
• Delivery of concrete railroad ties will continue through mid-May. Railroad ties are being stockpiled along the rail alignment near the areas where the ties will be installed as the new track is constructed. To date, 8,100 ties (out of 11,000 ties) have been delivered.
FUN FACT: 969 tons of steel rail will be utilized as part of the Windsor Extension project.